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A Battle Rider is a non-jump capable ship intended to stand in the line of battle in space combat and carried interstellar by a battle tender.

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Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
Starship:

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  • Description (Specifications)[edit]

    Battle Rider: A battle rider is a nonjump-capable vessel which is otherwise armed and armored like a battleship. By eliminating the jump drives and their associated controls and power plant support, the internal space they would occupy may be allocated to additional armor, weaponry, or agility. of any two vessels of equal tonnage, a battle rider (...which is not burdened with jump drives and required jump drive support) would logically be superior to a jump-capable battleship. [1]

    Image Repository[edit]

    Type BRH Heavy Battle Rider:

    1. A Gallant class Battle Rider flanked by two Type S'es on patrol..
      Gallant-class-Kirk-Wescom-Battle-Rider-RESIZE-Game-Cover 27-August-2019b.jpg

    Type BRL Light Battle Rider:

    1. A side view schematic of a Nolikian class Battle Rider with a Beowulf class Free Trader for size comparison.
      Nolikian-BR-T5-RESIZE-Ade-Stewart 16-Sept-2019h.jpg
    2. A World class Battle Tender laden down with five Nolikian class Battle Riders.
      World-class-Tender Starter-Trav-CT 24-July-2019a.jpg

    Type BRM Medium Battle Rider:

    1. TBD

    Type BRS Superheavy Battle Rider:

    1. TBD

    Type BRV Very Light Battle Rider / Battle Rider Fighter:

    1. TBD

    Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)[edit]

    Battle Riders: Non-jump-capable capital ship intended to stand in the line-of-battle in space combat, and carried interstellar by a battle tender.

    Two opposite views in naval architecture have dominated the design of the major battleships of space navies.

    1. The battle rider concept involves a large jump-capable tender carrying a complete Battle Squadron (BatRon) of two to ten heavily armed and armoured battle riders.
    2. The opposite concept is the battleship, a large jump-capable ship which carries the jump drives and fuel tanks internally.

    The battle tender, so integral to the concept of the battle rider, is little more than a large dispersed structure (up to a million tons) with jump drives, fuel tanks and basic controls. By dispensing with the need for jump drives and jump fuel tanks on each of the riders, each becomes ton for ton more heavily armed and armoured. The concept does not allow for the possibility of a superior force; no matter how good a rider is, if it meets a superior adversary, it is placed in a position of winning or dying. Retreat is nearly impossible without losses.

    It is generally held that, in any meeting between a battleship and a battle rider of equal tonnage, the battle rider will triumph.

    Supraclass Roles[edit]

    Battle Riders typically serve the following roles:

    1. Attack Battle Rider (BR)
    2. Battle Rider (BR) (Namesake)
    3. Battle Rider Fighter (BRV)
    4. Bigcraft Fighter (BRV)
    5. Escort Battle Rider (BRV)
    6. Heavy Battle Rider (BRH)
    7. Jump Rider (BR)
    8. Light Battle Rider (BRL)
    9. Medium Battle Rider (BRM)
    10. Superheavy Battle Rider (BRS)
    11. Very Light Battle Rider (BRV)

    Size-Class Roles for Transport Vessels[edit]

    1. Fighter (F) (1 to 99 tons)
    2. Very Light Battle Rider (BRV) (100 to 2,499 tons)
    3. Light Battle Rider (BRL) (2,500 to 24,999 tons)
    4. Medium Battle Rider (BRM) (25,000 to 49,999 tons)
    5. Heavy Battle Rider (BRH) (50,000 to 99,999 tons)
    6. Superheavy Battle Rider (BRS) (100,000 or larger tons)

    Military Subcraft[edit]

    Military subcraft (...both smallcraft and bigcraft) are carried by some of these vessels:

    1. Combat Barge (WBG)
    2. Combat Transport Smallcraft (UI)
    3. Fighters (F)
    4. Militarized Utility Craft (UQ)

    Supraclass Archetypal Roles[edit]

    These vessels typically serve the following archetypal roles:

    BR-class Battle Rider Supraclass Archetypes
    Archetype Type Code Exemplar Remarks
    Battle Rider BR Nolikian class Battle Rider Battle Rider are large subcraft designed to be carried by tenders. They are rarely built larger than a typical cruiser and many weigh in at the average destroyer and escort displacement levels. Since they carry no jump drives, this space can be used for weapons and armor giving them combat advantages over FTL starships.
    • B = Battle
    • R = Rider
    Heavy Battle Rider BRH Gallant class Battle Rider A Heavy Battle Rider is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 50,000 to 99,999 tons.
    • B = Battle
    • R = Rider
    • H = Heavy
    Light Battle Rider BRL Nolikian class Battle Rider A Light Battle Rider is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 2,500 to 24,999 tons.
    • B = Battle
    • R = Rider
    • L = Light
    Medium Battle Rider BRM Anzha class Battle Rider A Medium Battle Rider is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 25,000 to 49,999 tons.
    • B = Battle
    • R = Rider
    • M = Medium
    Superheavy Battle Rider BRS Jdimer'Tsie class Battle Rider A Superheavy Battle Rider is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 100,000 or larger tons.
    • B = Battle
    • R = Rider
    • S = Superheavy
    Very Light Battle Rider BRV Staban class Battle Rider An Escort Tender or Very Light Tender is a size-displacement category which includes vessels that weigh between 100 to 2,499 tons.
    • B = Battle
    • R = Rider
    • V = Very Light, Escort, etc.
    NOTES: There is semantic overlap between many of the classes and codes. Some codes organize by mission or capability, others by size and tonnage, and yet others by other characteristics.

    History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

    In set piece warfare, a force of Riders can be difficult to defeat. But in the fluid warfare that has typified operations against the Zhodani and Virus, Riders have been a serious washout. Under current naval doctrine, Riders are always used in the strategic defensive role, fortifying refueling sources within the Regency Frontier and interface worlds in a band 3 parsecs into the safe. Some Rider squadrons are deployed into regions Wildside adjacent to the Regency, along with a handful of Scapegoats, laying in ambush of Vampireships. Pound per pound versus jump drive-equipped ships, a rider will ordinarily triumph.

    Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

    Warship - Non-starship - Boat - Heavy Battle Rider:

    1. Type BRH class Heavy Battle Rider
      1. Achzhdr class Battle Rider
      2. Admiral class Battle Rider
      3. Aman Urk class Heavy Battle Rider
      4. Frerzhzhdripl class Battle Rider
      5. Gallant class Battle Rider
      6. Hadrian class Battle Rider
      7. Vdyank class Battle Rider

    Warship - Non-starship - Boat - Light Battle Rider:

    1. Type BRL class Light Battle Rider
      1. Ardi class Battle Rider
      2. Aulinu class Battle Rider
      3. Cleon class Battle Rider
      4. Dungfumbler class Heavy Battle Rider
      5. Houdini class Battle Rider
      6. Iingar class Light Battle Rider
      7. Joao class Battle Rider
      8. Joneslow class Battle Rider
      9. Lithos Mailed class Heavy Battle Rider
      10. Narsil class Battle Rider
      11. Nolikian class Battle Rider
      12. Nosea class Battle Rider
      13. Omega Supreme class Battle Rider
      14. Parasite class Battle Rider
      15. Perseus class Battle Rider
      16. Quiquilat class Battle Rider
      17. Reverent Prayer class Battle Rider
      18. Sacnoth class Battle Rider
      19. Trindel class Battle Rider
      20. Valhalla class Battle Rider
      21. Zero Karma class Heavy Battle Rider

    Warship - Non-starship - Boat - Medium Battle Rider:

    1. Type BRM class Medium Battle Rider
      1. Anzha class Battle Rider
      2. Gimel class Battle Rider
      3. Iprtsielezhdr class Battle Rider
      4. Supremacy class Battle Rider

    Warship - Non-starship - Boat - Superheavy Battle Rider:

    1. Type BRS class Superheavy Battle Rider
      1. Jdimer'Tsie class Battle Rider

    Warship - Non-starship - Boat - Very Light Battle Rider:

    1. Type BRV class Very Light Battle Rider
      1. Ch'kaahi class Battle Rider
      2. Ferrer class Battle Rider
      3. Jack Knife class Light Battle Rider
      4. MalPal class Battle Rider
      5. Manticore class Battle Rider
      6. Murada class Battle Rider
      7. Punisher class Light Battle Rider
      8. Staban class Battle Rider
      9. Zulu class Battle Rider

    Ship Summary List[edit]

    Some of the most commonly used vessels in this role or these roles include:

    1 Representative Battle Riders (BR) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Ch'kaahi class Battle Rider BRV 11 1,000 0 6 Sath Alliance BRV-TBD


    0 Representative Heavy Battle Riders (BRH) Classes
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    0 Representative Light Battle Riders (BRL) Classes
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    0 Representative Medium Battle Riders (BRM) Classes
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    0 Representative Superheavy Battle Riders (BRS) Classes
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    1 Representative Very Light / Escort Battle Riders (BRV) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Ch'kaahi class Battle Rider BRV 11 1,000 0 6 Sath Alliance BRV-TBD


    1 Representative Battle Tenders (VT) Classes

    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Class Mission Code TL Tons Jump G Origin Canon Quick ship profile
    Bulwark class Fleet Tender VTM 12 100,000 2 2 Distant Fringe No. Unpublished, non-canon fan design. VTM-0KP22


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